Atomic Pi developers kit camera

Has anybody been able to successfully use the USB camera that comes with the Atomic Pi development kit with Linux distributions other than the DL images?


I am using the Ubuntu Bionic LXDE Stand Alone Image (with upgrades) and am unable to get the camera to function. Maybe I’m missing something easy. I downloaded, built, and copied geocam-v4l2 into /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libv4l/ and tried to use LD_PRELOAD, but it returns an error.


AFAIK requires a kernel patch from Github that you’ll be required to compile yourself.


Yes, the USB camera from the Atomic Pi development kit can work with other Linux distributions. Here are the steps to get it working:

  1. Check USB Connection: Ensure the camera is properly connected.
  2. Install Dependencies:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install cheese guvcview v4l-utils
  1. Verify Camera Recognition:
  1. Load Video Modules:
lsmod | grep video
  1. Check Video Devices:
ls /dev/video*
  1. Test the Camera:


  1. Configure Settings:
v4l2-ctl --list-devices
v4l2-ctl --device=/dev/video0 --all
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Yes, I’ve used the USB camera from the Atomic Pi kit on various Linux distributions beyond DL images. Ensure your distribution has the right drivers. You can access it with VLC, Cheese, or tools like ffmpeg. Check logs for troubleshooting if needed.